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Investigator's actions exposed during General Dental Council hearing

The sting in the fairy-tale

queen & country part two: family in crisis

Duchess drops book action

The Duchess of York has dropped legal action to block publication of a controversial new book about her life, the publishers said yesterday.

Duchess takes book battle before judge

The Duchess of York has decided to take her battle to block a book about her private life into an open court hearing, her solicitors announced last night.

Changes to royal titles after divorce to get new guidelines

New guidelines over changes to royal titles after divorce are to be issued on the authority of the Queen. But Buckingham Palace denied any snub to the Princess of Wales was intended by making the announcement, in the official London Gazette, in the week of her divorce.

Can anyone save the Princess now?

Diana is now a PR disaster. Rebecca Fowler assesses the damage and, below, invites the experts to rescue her

A Christmas message to Her Previous Highness

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold

Windsor v Windsor; Royal couple take first step to divorce

The judge adjusted his yellowing wig for what might have been another ordinary day's business in the divorce courts - a nurse, a housewife, a railway signal engineer and a serving prisoner were among the petitioners on his list.

How to spend pounds 17m

Personal Finance Editor Steve Lodge warns the Princess she will need to be canny to stay rich

Henman and Rusedski dispatched

TENNIS: Britain's leading singles players suffer a pre-Wimbledon setback in west London

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold : When Mrs Bridges marched with the miners

Sex, sex, sex, sex, sex, sex, sex, morning, noon and night. Personally, I've had enough,

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold : How I gave a beggar a lesson she'll remember

Occasionally, one must find fresh accommodation. Accommodation is occasionally available. Occasionally, accommodation avails itself. Three sentences, each one of which contains the two most difficult words to spell in the English language. Proof positive, then, that this morning you find yourself in the presence of a veritable master of prose. And Better English at that.

Political Commentary : Bankruptcy and death could soon do for Mr Major Carry on Mr Major, but a bleak winter lies ahead

George Formby used to have a number entitled "Things Might Have Been a Great Deal Worse". Part of the chorus went "Things are never as bad as they seem" - a sentiment often found in the popular songs of a more optimistic age. This is the way the Conservatives have chosen to present the local election results. They could hardly do anything else. Judged by share of total votes cast, they (together with the Liberal Democrats) have done slightly better, and Labour slightly worse, than in 1995.

Was this the day when royalty lost the plot?

`It's a Royal Knockout' was a watershed for the monarchy, argue Ivan Waterman and Daniel Roseman

Letter: Normal behaviour for a Duchess?

Sir: After watching a BBC news item on the divorce of the Duke and Duchess of York, and the lengthy description of the behavioural unsuitability of the Duchess, my 11-year-old daughter remarked: "I don't know why they are having a go at her, she's just normal. It's them that are abnormal." An interesting perspective on changing attitudes to the monarchy, perhaps?

Some day my prince will say something interesting

Fergie, it is said, found her husband deadly dull. But is the Duke of York really so vacuous? By Jojo Moyes
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